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Red Sox reportedly close on deal for Padres reliever

Rob Bradford
November 20, 2018 - 2:07 pm

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic the Red Sox are close to a trade that would send Padres reliever Colten Brewer to Boston in exchange for a minor leaguer. NBC Sports Boston reports that the player being sent back to San Diego is infielder Esteban Quiroz, a second baseman the Sox signed out of the Mexican League last offseason and played for Double-A Portland in 2018. Quiroz doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster.

The 26-year-old Brewer made his major league debut in 2018, appearing in 11 games while totaling a 5.59 ERA (6 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings). The right-hander, who struck out 10 and walked seven, still has two more options left, allowing him to be shuttled back and forth to the minor leagues for two more seasons.

A fourth-round pick in 2011, Brewer appeared in 37 games at the Triple-A level last season, managing a 3.75 ERA. In 48 innings he struck out 63 and walked 15.

The motivation for the Padres would be to get out from a roster crunch, needing to clear room on their 40-man prior to Tuesday evening. That's the deadline to assign players to the roster before having to expose them to the Rule 5 Draft.